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If you’re anything like me, I love finding new ways to design my spaces – at home and in the office! With these 8 simple tips, you can re-decorate your workspace just in time for the holidays.

1. Add a Pop of Color

With HON’s latest fabric refresh, there are hundreds of options from which to choose that can bring life into your office this winter (my personal favorite is the Polka – Very Berry)! HON has created inspirational color palettes to make it easy to envision the right color scheme for your space. Have fun with it! Be BOLD and add patterns, or select colors that fit the season. There is no better way to make a statement to your customers, catch the attention of your guests or increase employee morale around the office than by adding a pop of color!

Add a pop of color to your workspace

2. Add Whiteboards to Foster Creativity & Collaboration

Generally, we associate whiteboards with education settings, but they are also used in office spaces to foster creativity and collaboration. For example, we use whiteboards a lot in my department to give our sales team a place to brainstorm ideas, write daily goals, or even inspire each other with inspirational quotes of the week! In my experience, whiteboards can help keep people focused, allow them to collaborate with one another, and also boost productivity and creativity. To make it really easy to add to your space, HON offers both wall-mounted whiteboards and mobile whiteboards. You can even get creative and use glass stacker panels as a writing surface!

Marker Board Foster Creativity and Productivity

3. Create Alternative Places to Sit

Creating additional seating could be as simple as placing a cushion on your credenza or pedestal. This allows you to have short impromptu meetings right at your work space.  It’s an inexpensive way to not only create another option for seating, but also allows you to decorate your space with more fun fabrics!

Creating additional seating in the workplace

4. Go Modular!

With HON’s full offering, there are so many options to choose from. Why not mix things up? HON’s soft seating line, Flock, allows you to connect multiple lounge seats together and reconfigure them in multiple designs. Plus, you can add Flock minis that can double as additional seating or workspaces when paired with the new laminate toppers! Another great product line for going modular is Voi desking with Accelerate workstations. Not only can you add a modern look with the open o-legs, but you can also create 120° workstation pods. How cool is the layout below!?

Use modular furniture in the office

Looking for more tips to spruce up your workspace this winter? Stay tuned for more ideas coming in Thursday’s blog post or visit hon.com for more information!

Quick ways to motivate your employees

Motivation: an idea meaning the general desire to act or accomplish something; an effort to attain a goal. It may seem simple enough, but the idea invariably ends up being an elusive mythical creature at times.

If your search for Big Foot has left you empty handed, here are some helpful hints for motivating your members:

  • Recognition – Give praise to get results! By recognizing a member’s achievements, you can positively influence future behavior. Tell them why they’re being recognized and be genuine about it (nothing’s worse than saying ‘Great Job!’ with a straight face and monotone voice.) Also, give credit where credit is due! Members will always appreciate when a manager takes the time to thank them for their hard work.
  • Rewards – Everyone loves prizes or rewards for a job well done, and while additional compensation based on merit can be a well-received incentive, sometimes no cost is needed at all. Our HON Customer Support team gives out a monthly member-nominated “Golden Caster” award. Though spray painted, the Golden Casters are truly worth their weight in gold. When you visit us here in Muscatine, make sure to keep an eye out for one!
  • Responsibility – Increasing opportunities and expanding a member’s role can increase. Keep members excited by offering new training or project options. Encourage members to take ownership of new tasks or projects. Give them a boost (and help your department’s productivity) by specifying opportunities that play to their strengths. A member who enjoys coming to work is a valuable investment.

The key is finding the right combination to unlock your members’ potential. Motivation doesn’t have to be elusive. After all, the Loch Ness Monster has been motivating people to find him for years!

What motivates you in the office? How do you motivate your coworkers and fellow members?

The HON Product Development team has been busy this winter finishing up several new product launches. Be HON Ready in 2016 by familiarizing yourself with what’s new this month:

VOI®

HON Voi Desks

Voi desks offer a solution for every application of the workplace, including private offices, open plan workspaces, and more.  HON is excited to introduce new standing height storage and worksurface supports, as well as new Double Depth O-legs.

CONTAIN®

HON Contain Storage

The Contain family is growing! Towers and pedestals will now be available in addition to our credenzas. Contain is a streamlined collection of active storage that maximizes storage capacity while elevating the aesthetic of a workstation.

ABODE™

HON Abode Systems Desk

Integrating seamlessly into Accelerate® and Abound®, HON’s new Systems Desk, Abode, provides a durable kit of parts that can be configured free-standing or as part of a workstation.

WORKSTATION ACCESSORIES

HON Accesories

Provide customization of workstations next year with our two new LED tasklights and cable management troughs.  Not only can accessories enhance the visual appearance of a workplace, but they also provide wellness and technology support for employees.

Which of these 2016 HON updates are you most excited about?

Professional NetworkingNetworking is the act of making a meaningful connection with a member of your community, another professional in your industry or related field, or a coworker within your organization, including members inside and outside of your team.  Once a connection is made, you can build these relationships by making an effort to keep in touch, asking if someone needs help on a project, inviting another member to lunch, or by finding a common interest or passion to discuss.  Networking is not just about who you know, but who knows you.

Why is networking important?

“By getting out there, you make yourself known and not just another name on a sheet of paper,” says Brad Karsh, President of JobBound, in his article, What Does ‘Networking’ Really Mean?  The more you make yourself known, the more likely it is that your name will come up when hiring managers discuss future job opportunities. It’s also a great way to help you move up or around within your current organization.  If management does not know who you are, how will they know you are a great asset to the team?

How do I network?

The best way to start networking is to find something in common! This will open the door for a great conversation.

When networking within your own organization, find mentors both on and off your team.  For example, if you are part of the Marketing Department, it might be useful to find a mentor in Marketing as well as a mentor in the Finance Department.  Because of the many ways these two departments overlap and interact, understanding another function will help you become more efficient at your job. Try volunteering to be a part of a project outside of your regular scope of work, or reaching out to your manager to let them know that you are looking for additional opportunities on cross-functional teams.

Some of the ways we promote networking here at HON include “Lunch and Learn” collaborative meetings, Leadership Roundtable discussions and weekly touch base meetings with managers.  Keep an eye out for any opportunity you have to build a relationship with another member in your organization!

Professional NetworkingBest Practices

From my own experience, here are a few networking tips to remember:

  1. Practice with family, friends, or strangers you meet outside of work. (They don’t have to know you’re practicing your networking skills!).
  2. Ask the individual questions to show your interest in getting to know him or her.
  3. Always thank the individual for his or her time, in person or with a thank you note.
  4. Smile! Show that you are having a good time creating this new connection.

Additional networking tips from Andrew Vest’s article, How to Network The Right Way: Eight Tips include networking before you need it, trying not to dismiss anyone as unimportant, generously helping others prior to needing something from them – give more than you receive, and build genuine relationships!

Most importantly, remember that networking isn’t over once you start the initial conversation; continue to stay in touch with these new connections!

Gone are the days when office design was limited to only a few fabric or laminate color options. Today, office design trends are incorporating two-tone laminate combinations and mixed materials to help add a modern and fresh look to the workplace.  For example, one laminate color can be used on a worksurface while another laminate color is used on the storage, or one laminate color can be used on the casing of your storage while a different color adds dimension on the drawer fronts.  Integrating frosted glass, metal and other mixed materials into overhead storage and support legs of office furniture is another way to update your space.

HON offers 8 woodgrain laminates, including the recently introduced Mocha, Pinnacle, and Cognac.  Below are a few ways you can integrate these laminate colors and mixed materials into your workspace for a more modern aesthetic.

Mocha
Mocha provides a rich, sophisticated color that can provide a great contrast to a white laminate on a worksurface or storage.  Try adding frosted glass to the wall storage for a fun twist on the classic private office.

Lam 1

Pinnacle
Pinnacle is a modern laminate color that also pairs well with lighter worksurfaces and metal materials, allowing metal surfaces to “pop.

HON Pinnacle Laminate

Cognac
Cognac offers a refreshed look on the traditional cherry color palette that can help liven up a workspace, especially when paired with a lighter worksurface color option.

HON Cognac Laminate

How do you integrate two-tone laminates and mixed materials into your workplace?

Changing seasons this time of year typically bring to mind deep red, orange, yellow, and brown.  Those colors have been popular again this fall – but Pantone recommends that you look for creative ways to pair warm colors with bright summery tones. Here are 3 of our favorite examples of these color combinations for the end of Fall 2015:

Camel with Turquoise

Add a pop of turquoise to neutral tones

Camel provides such a blank canvas for coupling a bright color. If your office space follows the neutral trend, add a pop of turquoise with desk accessories to be right on target. Check out this palette on our “Office Design & Style Inspiration” board here.

Rustic Orange with Purple

Add a splash of bright purple to rustic orange

Orange comes to mind every fall in the form of pumpkin goodies. But pairing rusting orange with an unexpected purple hue creates a twist on a traditional fall palette. Check out this palette on our “Office Design & Style Inspiration” board here.

Sage Green with Peach

Spruce up sage green with a bright peach

Capture some of summer’s last floral colors with this sage green and peach combination. The peach keeps the look light and fun, while sage reminds that it’s the season of fall. Check out this palette on our “Office Design & Style Inspiration” board here.

This fall, don’t stop at traditional autumn colors. Mix it up with a bright pop. What are your favorite color trends for fall?

You can check out these color palettes and more office design inspiration on HON’s Pinterest page.

Fall

Summer is officially over and the fall season has arrived.  Fall is an exciting time here in Iowa, as the trees change colors and the weather starts to cool.  You don’t have to live in the Midwest to be able to appreciate the new season, though.  You can use the season change to regenerate energy into your workplace and finish the year strong.  Here are five fall-inspired ways you can show employee appreciation:

  1. Host an office tailgate – Encourage employees to wear a shirt or jersey representing their favorite football team and cater in typical tailgating food for lunch, such as hot dogs or BBQ.
  2. Plan a weekend family-friendly activity – Invite employees to a local park or farm for hay rides, corn mazes, face painting, pumpkin-picking and more!
  3. Provide a fall-themed breakfast – Motivate your employees on a Monday morning by surprising them with apple cider, pumpkin bread, or pumpkin spice muffins.
  4. Indulge in a Thanksgiving dinner at work – We spend a lot of time in the office, and our coworkers can become like family. What better way to celebrate with them this fall than with an office Thanksgiving dinner? Make it a pot luck and invite everyone to bring their favorite dish.
  5. Get competitive with a pumpkin carving contest – Take a break during a Friday lunch hour and let employees show off their creative side with a pumpkin carving contest.

What are some ways you plan to show appreciation for your employees or coworkers this season?

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